Cats and Sunburn


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Purred: Fri Jul 27, '07 6:02am PST 
Cats and Sunburn

Cats normally like to bask in sunshine, but in very hot
weather cats have been known to get sunburned. We all know
how painful this can be and cats can experience the same
pain. Sunburn usually affects cats with lighter coats, but
all cats can suffer especially in areas where the coat is
thinner such as the nose, tips of the ears and the tummy.

At least as mentioned this is painful, but prolonged
exposure can cause a form of cancer known as squamous
cell carcinoma. Early signs of this include sores that
don’t heal and or keep bleeding. Treatment is generally
by surgery or chemotherapy. Although cats generally like
to sit in the sun, precautions can be taken in hot sunny
conditions by the application of cat sunscreens on ears
and noses.